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West Covina Unified School District

  • West Covina Elementary School Recognized as 2020 California Distinguished School

    Merced Elementary School has been recognized as a 2020 California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education, praised for taking an innovative approach to bolstering English language arts, reading and math skills. This is Merced’s second designation as a Distinguished School. It was previously honored in 2010.

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  • West Covina Unified to Launch High School Performing Arts Academy

    West Covina Unified will establish the next premier performing arts academy in Southern California, empowering students to delve into their creative potential, gain insight from industry professionals and prepare for a future in the arts. The West Covina High School Performing Arts Academy will welcome its first freshman cohort – capped at 50 students – in fall 2020, providing an exclusive fine arts education in a free, public school setting. Incoming freshmen from Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties are eligible to apply to the WCHS Performing Arts Academy. The District is now accepting applications; students can begin the application process online.

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  • West Covina Unified Student Pursues Dream of Founding Medical Startup

    A senior in Edgewood High School’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program, inspired to seek new academic and professional challenges, has won a coveted award that will help her launch the startup company SafeDetect. EHS senior Vanessa Li – working with a team of two UC Berkeley bioengineering students and a data scientist – co-created a simple, discreet and efficient way to test for HIV during the MIT San Francisco Grand Hack event held this fall. Their efforts captured third place in their track and secured a UC San Francisco Rosenman Institute Prize, which provides resources to help winners patent their products, pitch to investors and launch startups.

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West Covina High Yearbook Lauded by American Scholastic Press Association

West Covina High School’s 2018-19 yearbook staff was recognized by the American Scholastic Association, capturing first place in the 2019 Yearbook and Magazine Awards. “The Quest,” West Covina High’s student-created yearbook, embraced the theme Finding Your True Colors in 2018-19.

West Covina High to Stage ‘How to Succeed’ Musical

West Covina High School’s theater department will stage the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” from Thursday, Jan. 30 to Sunday, Feb. 2 at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts, 104 N. Citrus Ave., Covina. Tickets are available online.

West Covina Unified to Launch High School Performing Arts Academy

West Covina Unified will establish the next premier performing arts academy in Southern California, empowering students to delve into their creative potential, gain insight from industry professionals and prepare for a future in the arts. The West Covina High School Performing Arts Academy will welcome its first freshman cohort – capped at 50 students – in fall 2020, providing an exclusive fine arts education in a free, public school setting. Incoming freshmen from Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties are eligible to apply to the WCHS Performing Arts Academy. The District is now accepting applications; students can begin the application process online.

West Covina Unified Elementary Named a California Distinguished School

Merced Elementary School was named a 2020 California Distinguished School, among just 323 elementary schools in the state to be honored for closing the achievement gap and exceptional student performance. Merced will be honored by the state on Monday, Feb. 10 during and awards ceremony at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.

West Covina Unified Reorganizes Board of Education

West Covina Unified’s Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting on Dec. 10, voting members into new leadership roles. The Board elected Camie Poulos as president, Eileen Miranda Jimenez as vice president and Dr. Rose Lopez as clerk. Michael Flowers and Daniel C. Monarrez round out the Board.

West Covina High Basketball Players Achieve 1,000-point Milestone

West Covina High School seniors Lauren Bustillos and Nikki Thompson celebrated scoring 1,000 career points as part of West Covina High’s girls basketball team. Bustillos and Thompson were recognized for their accomplishments during a pregame ceremony on Dec. 1.

West Covina High School Performing Arts Stage Winter Performances

West Covina High School’s performing arts students staged winter performances in December, delighting the community with their vocal, instrumental and theatrical talents. The vocal music department’s ‘Sounds of the Season’ concert on Dec. 6 featured traditional holiday classics; the instrumental music concert on Dec. 10 showcased symphonic band, jazz ensemble, wind ensemble and band and color guard. Fledgling theater students performed one-act plays during the Dec. 11 showcase.

West Covina Unified Students Engage in Mental Wellness Learning

West Covina Unified held its second annual Mental Wellness Summit on Dec. 3, inviting leaders of campus mental health clubs to discuss how they can support student wellness on campus. West Covina Unified established mental health clubs on each middle and high school campus in 2018-19 and is working to expand mental health awareness to the WCUSD community.

West Covina Unified Teachers Receive Rotary Mini Grants

Fifteen West Covina Unified teachers received grants of up to $300 from the West Covina Rotary Club on Dec. 2, providing financial support for educators who seek new ideas to enrich classroom experiences. The mini grants will help fund flexible seating, an aromatic garden, musical equipment, a fitness lab, a greenhouse and more.